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The Ontario Cannabis Store Lottery is now closed!

What are the pros and cons for communities to consider when they allow a recreational cannabis dispensary to open for business?

Cannabis Store Lottery Ontario is officially closed.

Did you spend $75 for a chance to become one of Ontario’s Cannabis Retailers?

If you are one of the 25 lucky winners of the Cannabis Store Lottery be prepared within five (5) business days of the announcement to:

  1. Submit a Retail Operator Licence Application including a non-refundable $6,000 fee payment. Retailing guide can be found here.
  2. Provide a $50,000 Letter of Credit in the form provided
  3. Get your store opened by April 1, 2019.  EXPECT FINES IF YOU DON’T

The maximum 25 Retail Store Authorizations will be provided in the following Regions:

  1. East Region:  five (5) stores
  2. North Region: two (2) stores
  3. Toronto Region: five (5) stores
  4. West Region:  seven (7) stores
  5. GTA Region: six (6) stores

You may want to reference the Cannabis Licence Act to prepare your Cannabis Retailing journey. Find that here!

The AGCO will announce results of the lottery, to be held on January 11, 2019

Has your community opted in or out yet?

Many communities are hosting public discussions to support the decision making process. Once you have decided to opt in you CANNOT opt out. This has created quite the dialogue within administration at various communities as they wrestle with the decision making process. This is a great discussion for our CannaFam and I am sure that many of our readers have opinions!

We compiled some pros and cons to drive the conversation forward.



Mississauga Opted Out as a Cannabis Retailing Municipality December 12, 2018

28 Communities are OUT officially

Here is the list of communities that have decided they are opting OUT as of January 9th, 2019. Curious about who is in or undecided? Visit AGCO site and search away!

Township of Blandford-Blenheim
Municipality of Bluewater
Township of Centre Wellington
Township of Clearview
Township of Dorion
Township of East Zorra-Tavistock
Town of Erin
Township of Frontenac Islands
Township of Georgian Bluffs
Town of Ingersoll
Township of King
Township of Lake of the Woods
City of Markham
Township of McKellar
Township of Melancthon
City of Mississauga
Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake
Municipality of Northern Bruce Peninsula
Township of Papineau-Cameron
Municipality of Powassan
Town of Richmond Hill
Township of Sables-Spanish Rivers
Township of Southgate
Township of St. Clair
Township of Tay
Town of Tecumseh
Town of Wasaga Beach
Township of West Lincoln

Municipalities have until January 22, 2019 to inform the AGCO if they wish to opt out.

We want to hear from you… Let us know what you would add to the pro and con list for your community!

1 comment on “The Ontario Cannabis Store Lottery is now closed!

  1. Good luck to all the participants.

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